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Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal 

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Compact and optimized for passive instruments!

The Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal has a durable, compact design that allows more floor space. It features a potentiometer with 250kOhm resistance suitable for the audio path of passive instruments. A micro taper switch gives you 2 distinct swell rates. A tuner output provides silent tuning in the heel-down pedal position.

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  • Compact design
  • Potentiometer is optimized for passive instruments
  • Micro taper switch provides 2 distinct swell rates

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Ernie BallVP JR. Passive Volume Pedal
 
4.0

(based on 77 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (19)
  • Compact (14)
  • Excellent sound quality (14)
  • Good selection of effects (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

  • Not durable (6)

Best Uses

  • Performances (23)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Professional recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best volume pedal

I've owned the VP Jr. for about 10 years and I couldn't live without it now. It stays at the very front of my chain. I prefer it placed before the overdrives because...Read complete review

I've owned the VP Jr. for about 10 years and I couldn't live without it now. It stays at the very front of my chain. I prefer it placed before the overdrives because I like the ability to clean them up by dropping the volume, but I've done it the other way around and it's been fine. My main uses of it tend to be as an on/off switch and a level/boost, but as often as the song calls for it, I use it for swells.
In the 10 years I've owned it, I've probably used it regularly for about 6 or 7; there were a few years I wasn't playing as much and it sat in the closet. However, I haven't had a problem yet other than a tiny bit of noise from the pots in the last couple of months. But I took care of that with a couple squirts of contact cleaner and it was silent again. I'm not sure why so many people report that the kevlar string breaks easily. Mine has held up perfectly; it hasn't even wandered out of place on the axle it drives. I would be interested in knowing if there is some sort of "wrong" way to use it, but it's just up and down, so it's odd to hear those complaints.
It sounds very transparent to me. I've heard that if you plug a tuner into the other output it sucks tone out of your signal. I've always just used the tuner on my multi fx or amp, so I can't report on that. I have tried to A/B test it on full volume to see if I could notice any difference in tone or in total volume, but it doesn't seem to introduce any color at all, and the full volume position might as well be pure bypass as far as my ears can tell.
The physical resistance of the foot-pedal itself is just the right weight for me. It is probably among the most heavy-footed of expression pedals, and this helps with smooth fade ins and outs and swells. It also helps to set the level at a more precise position because of the added control the resistance gives. Lastly, I don't worry about accidentally kicking it and cutting my signal suddenly while pressing other pedals.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not bad, but not great.

I'm not sure how I feel about this pedal. When I first bought it, I knew what I was going to use it for and it's quite effective in a church setting, but...Read complete review

I'm not sure how I feel about this pedal. When I first bought it, I knew what I was going to use it for and it's quite effective in a church setting, but I am not happy about the small clipping/popping sound which occurs when you use the volume pedal. Unless you know you're going to use this for a very specific purpose, it's pretty useless.

Lastly, I recommend putting this pedal after your dirtboxes. In my opinion, the roll-offs on the overdriven signal sound more natural than if you were to put it before your dirtboxes.
I can't say much about the features. All it really does is decrease and increase your volume; I guess you can say that it does what it's supposed to do. I only use it for volume swells with some reverb and heavy," slow delay to get that soft-pad sound.

Another thing to note is the ""Tuner Out."" There is definitely tone-suckage when you use the tuner out", but as long as you don't use that it should be okay. Besides, most tuners are built so that you can tune your guitar quietly so that feature is useless.
I was going to give this an eight, but I've discovered something new yesterday that started bothering me; when you decrease/increase the volume, there is this clipping or small popping sound which would be equivalent to engaging a pedal with a stomp. I don't really notice it during a live setting, but when I was experimenting with new sounds yesterday with the EB volume pedal, I quickly realized that this can be really annoying.

Also, I've noticed that a lot of people ran into problems with the string snapping which holds up the rotation. So far, it hasn't happened to me, but at the same time I haven't owned the pedal that long. Hopefully, it will hold up well for many months to come.
I wish this pedal was less due to lack of features and issues with the clipping sound as well as the flimsy string that holds the rotary together. On the other hand, it's built well with a steel casing (I think).

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best volume pedal

By Fresno Bob

from Fresno, CA

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Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

I've owned the VP Jr. for about 10 years and I couldn't live without it now. It stays at the very front of my chain. I prefer it placed before the overdrives because I like the ability to clean them up by dropping the volume, but I've done it the other way around and it's been fine. My main uses of it tend to be as an on/off switch and a level/boost, but as often as the song calls for it, I use it for swells.
In the 10 years I've owned it, I've probably used it regularly for about 6 or 7; there were a few years I wasn't playing as much and it sat in the closet. However, I haven't had a problem yet other than a tiny bit of noise from the pots in the last couple of months. But I took care of that with a couple squirts of contact cleaner and it was silent again. I'm not sure why so many people report that the kevlar string breaks easily. Mine has held up perfectly; it hasn't even wandered out of place on the axle it drives. I would be interested in knowing if there is some sort of "wrong" way to use it, but it's just up and down, so it's odd to hear those complaints.
It sounds very transparent to me. I've heard that if you plug a tuner into the other output it sucks tone out of your signal. I've always just used the tuner on my multi fx or amp, so I can't report on that. I have tried to A/B test it on full volume to see if I could notice any difference in tone or in total volume, but it doesn't seem to introduce any color at all, and the full volume position might as well be pure bypass as far as my ears can tell.
The physical resistance of the foot-pedal itself is just the right weight for me. It is probably among the most heavy-footed of expression pedals, and this helps with smooth fade ins and outs and swells. It also helps to set the level at a more precise position because of the added control the resistance gives. Lastly, I don't worry about accidentally kicking it and cutting my signal suddenly while pressing other pedals.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great volume pedal!

By Kevin

from undisclosed

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Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

Love this pedal. Great for swells, doesn't weigh too much and smaller footprint than other versions. Can't go wrong with this.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Fade In!

By Patrick Casey

from Richmond, CA

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

    I saw other musicians on youtube using this volume pedal for ambient guitar. I have just started playing lap steel, thanks to a friend, and took the chance based on overall solid reviews by others. I am very pleased I did! The pedal is responsive and I am happy how I am able to use it right away rather seamlessly. Still more practice needed on the lap steel but the Ernie Ball VPjr, is a wonderful expressive tool for haunting chord and note expression.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Terrible design but good swells

    By Brian

    from Atlanta

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    Pros

    • Tuner Out
    • Two Types Of Swells

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Very Poor Design

    Best Uses

    • Volume Swells

    Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

    I bought this pedal for volume swells on lap steel/guitar and I was very pleased with the sound of it but not the design of the pedal. It think this pedal is a good example of planned obsolescence where it uses a string and spring in which breaks every few months (assuming daily use) and you have to keep coming back to them to buy the spring kit. The biggest thing for me with this pedal was playing with confidence, in which so much of playing music is about. I could not confidently play this pedal because I was always worried about the string breaking which significantly limited the use of the pedal, for example, using it to make a tremolo effect. Like I said, it does make nice swells but I absolutely DO NOT RECOMMEND this pedal because there are much better volume pedals that make the same swells and you do not have to worry about breaking.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My Favorite!!!

    By Papa Don

    from Palm Springs, Ca.

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

      My Favorite Volume Pedal, PERIOD!!!
      I have had other brands and they don't have the same feel as this. This is a true winner.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      So far I'm impressed

      By AMERICAN-DELUXE-STRAT

      from TAZEWELL,TN

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

        The action of the volume from up to down position is smooth and uniform throughout. You don't start with zero volume and the last 1/4" on the pedal the volume jumps in, it's very uniform, almost like an optical volume pedal. This is my 3rd volume pedal, but 1st ErnieBall. I like the smaller compact size, it saved me tons of room on my pedalboard.

        (2 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        meh...

        By Andrew Kalstrom

        from NE Ohio

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        Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

        I bought this pedal brand new on eBay. When it arrived, it was in the package, wrapped, brand spanking new. I took it out, plugged it in and right off it had problems. When I brought my heel all the way back to the "no volume" position, it would click back and forth between no volume and full volume. It also made clicking and popping sounds. I paid $12 to ship it to Ernie Ball for a warranty repair. When I got it back, the problem was fixed, but I can't tell if they fixed my pedal or just shipped me a new one, which is what I suspect. One of the only features this thing has is a little swith on the inside of the jack box to give the sweep more range (which doesn't work that well anyway). The switch was there when I sent it in. When I got it back, the switch was not there. I cant imagine WHY they'd remove it, so I think they just sent me a new pedal that doesnt even have the switch. To put it lightly, I'm VERY disappointed in this pedal. Buy another brand.
        The tuner input is a feature.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good Quality

        By Jimmy

        from undisclosed

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        Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

        Great product. No issues thus far. Using for Bass Guitar. Purchased from MF on Stupid Deal of The Day at a great price!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice Weight, Compact Design Producing Great Volume Swells

        By Nofearrockstar

        from Boston

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances

          Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

          We use this at the end of the Pedal Board Chain consisting of a Electro Harmonix Soul Food OD, Vintage 80's Rat Pro Distortion, Aqua Puss Delay, TC Ditto Looper, TC Poly Tuner 2 and have been pleased with feel of the sweep for nice volume swells.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It's the best volume pedal that I have ever used!!

          By Andrea

          from New Jersey

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

            Simple and very reliable. Its compact size makes it easy to use on my pedal board and its compact size allow me to add a few extra pedals on my pedal board.

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